The first thing that got me interested in this movie was the name; Gun. It's pretty direct in which this movie is about, and there's certainly no shortage of guns in the film. The second thing that struck me was the star of the movie; rapper Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson. Not quite the A-List actor by anyones standards, but he is focusing on his acting career with several movies due out over the next year or so. Gun was released in 2010 and one of his first big starring roles. The final thing that got our interest was the supporting cast; Val Kilmer, Danny Trejo, James Remar, and John Larroquette. Impressive isn't it? Now how about the movie itself then...
In the face of rising crime rates and gun violence, the Detroit Metro Police department, with the cooperation of the bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, is launching a full-scale war against gun runners. Their target is charismatic criminal Rich (Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson) and his crew. Angel (Val Kilmer), a down and out ex-con, and Rich go way back. Angel was the one who helped Rich avoid a long prison stint years earlier. When Rich offers Angel a job, to go with him on a gun exchange, and the exchange goes bad, Rich's associates become wary of Angel. As the heat draws closer and Angel gets deeper into the business, the more paranoid Rich and his partners become.
As an actual movie there isn't much here we haven't seen done many times over, and often much better. There aren't too many twists and turns and while there are a couple of action sequences including the closing act, there isn't any real jaw-dropping moments. The story is fairly predictable too, you should see the outcome a mile out.
Ultimately Gun is a movie that has a couple of decent moments but its strength comes from the cast which is almost universally underutilized. It will never win any awards, and is unlikely to be remembered by many, but if you've having a guys night with a few drinks this could provide some fun.
One thing I was fairly surprised by was the transfer in this film which certainly exceeds expectations. Eagle Entertainment have provided teh movie with an AVC MPEG-4 codec transfer at 1.78:1 which will fill most widescreen TV's. We're not sure what the films original aspect ratio was presented in but seeing as next to no one saw this film theatrically in the States, and as far as we can it was never released in theatres outside that territory.
This transfer is quite gorgeous to look at with plenty of very fine detail, from the opening moments you can see every little scratch and mark on the close-ups of the guns, and during the film there are plenty of scenes where the fine detail shines. Skintones look natural and while there is very occasional lack of detail in the darker areas, this is still a pretty exceptional transfer that far exceeds the $US10 million budget of the film, and the expectations we have from a company such as Eagle Entertainment. I'm not digging them, its just that their resources certainly aren't up to the major studios.
There is only one English subtitle track which, from the sampling we did at various points in the movie, is accurate to the on-screen dialogue.
Trailers: Trailers for the LFL (1:56), Transylmania (2:22), Odysseus: Voyage to the Underworld (3:00), Brotherhood (2:25), By The Will Of Genghis Kahn (1:56), and Champion (2:04). The last trailer shows a great looking documentary which details actor Danny Trejo's troubled past.
Review By: Dave Warner